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Opinion: Switzerland proposes drastic limitation on the use of electric cars “because of the energy crisis”

By Carlos Esteban*

(Opinion) When you base your entire political platform on a fantasy out of a Disney movie, as the Western world has been doing in recent years, you inevitably fail to achieve your goals and resort to contradictory measures, not to mention huge doses of hypocrisy.

For example, at the World Cup in Qatar, Germany stood out in an ‘orgy of virtue’ signaling in which all the national teams of our world have been involved with its “One Love” armband to let the LGTBI of this world know that the Germans stand in solidarity with them in the face of tyrannical Qatari repression.

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This in no way prevented Berlin from signing a fifteen-year gas supply contract with the Qatari emirate.

And that’s just the way it is because you don’t play games with food. Or, if you do, you pay for it.

political platform, Opinion: Switzerland proposes drastic limitation on the use of electric cars “because of the energy crisis”

The same goes for renewables and their sworn hatred of fossil fuels.

This summer, we saw the apotheosis of green absurdity in California when its governor, the “hyperwoke” Gavin Newsom, announced that the state would ban the sale of gasoline cars in a few years.

And only weeks later, he asked owners of electric cars not to use them because the electric grid was running out of power.

That is exactly what is happening now in Switzerland, which is considering a partial ban on electric cars.

Because if you want electric cars, you have to have an abundant and reliable source of electricity, and today you cannot have abundant and reliable electricity if you only rely on renewables.

Some rich countries, like Germany, had thought they had found an elegant way out of this dilemma: import the energy.

Let others make a mess while you have the luxury (never better said) of tinkering with solar panels and windmills that currently do not produce anywhere near enough to meet the demand of a regular economy.

Switzerland does something similar; it keeps the light bulbs on by buying electricity from its neighbors.

Only this year, its neighbors don’t exactly have plenty to spare. So the Swiss Federal Council has published an energy-saving bill that provides for several emergency levels.

The interesting one is the third, which envisages cutting business hours, banning the use of Blue Ray players and video game consoles, and limiting the use of electric cars, which should circulate only when necessary.

Now, this measure would be no more worthy of comment than the others were it not for the fact that it is the same governments that are now banning their use that is aiming to make electric cars compulsory.

They have reached an impasse: if you make people much more dependent on the grid than before, you cannot pretend to generate electricity from wind and solar power at the same time.

It just doesn’t work, not by a long shot.

And if it has been possible to maintain the illusion so far, it has been because of the Russian gas coming in torrents through its now-dead pipelines.

Not even the environmentalist parties can advance a green solution to this dilemma.

For this reason, countries that have hitherto been enthusiastic about electric vehicles are quietly eliminating the tax subsidies granted for purchasing these devices, as is the case in Japan and the United Kingdom.

It is the whale that bites its own tail: the obsession with renewable energies is making “green” production projects unviable.

For example, Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schaefer has told the Times that investments in German and EU projects will be unviable “if lawmakers fail to control rising energy prices in the long term”.

Schafer has also stated on social media that “if we fail to make energy in Germany and Europe quickly and reliably cheaper, investments in energy-intensive production or new battery cell factories in Germany and the EU will be practically unfeasible. Value creation in this area will have to take place elsewhere.”

So decisions have consequences – who would have thought that?

* Carlos Esteban, 58 years old, fifteen years at the leading economic daily EXPANSIÓN, then part of the Recoletos Group, the last three years as head of Interactive Services on the newspaper’s website. Then in Intereconomía, where I founded the Catholic weekly ALBA, I wrote the opinion in ÉPOCA, where I also covered the International section, for which I was responsible when La Gaceta was born (as a generalist newspaper). For the last few years, I have worked freelance, collaborating with different media.

With information by la Gaceta

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